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I have been playing BDO since Korea's open beta launch in December. I have played most classes up to level 50 and have spent many hours PvEing, PvPing, and grinding. During my time playing BDO, I have seen a lot of different posts here and on other websites making claims that were completely untrue, and I decided to go ahead and address some of these fallacies as well as give a brief overview of what I find strong and weak about the game.
Claim #1: The game is pay-to-win.
This is completely and utterly false. While they are plenty of items on the auction house that you can sell, there is absolutely no reason to do so. An entire costume costs ~$50 USD and it sells for ~10 million silver. Now that may seem like a lot of silver.. but at level 50 I can make over 2 million silver per hour grinding, and much much more depending on how lucky I am. One earring drop sells for 7 million silver, I have found over 10 of them.
Claim #2: The best items are in the cash shop.
This is true to some extent. The best costume items are, in fact, in the cash shop. Costumes give you things like 20% additional combat experience, or 20% additional horse experience, faster gathering, faster swimming, increase your drop chance by a small amount, etc. However, these are just convenience items. They do not make your character more powerful, they just make hitting the level soft cap a little faster.
Claim #3: Black Desert has no open world PvP.
This is false. At level 50 you can literally kill anyone you want to kill who is above level 50 (or die trying). I have killed plenty of people who have infringed upon my grinding spot or being aggressive vocally. However, you have to live with the consequences of killing people. I will not go into detail about the karma system here, but I believe the system works well to prevent players from trolling other players just to troll. Additionally, if you are in a guild, your guild can literally declare war on any other guild in the game. When your guild is at war with another guild, or another guild is at war with yours (or you are both at war with each other), you can kill anyone in that guild (over level 50) without losing karma. Yes, guild wars cost money which you have to do guild missions for. However, I am in a PvP guild that has 800 million silver in the guild bank - it's 1m silver to declare war, and 300k silver every 2 hours to maintain a war unless the other guild declares war back.
Claim #4: Black Desert was publicized as an Open World PvP game.
It was.. and it is. It was also publicized as a guild vs. guild game.. which it also is. End of story.
Claim #5: Black Desert is for "casuals".
This is false because it implies that hardcore players are non-existent or will not have fun. There are a good handful of hardcore guilds on my server - 10+ - that PvP, do guild wars, and guild sieges constantly. Now I am sure that not every server has had this kind of experience, but it has been non-stop action for me. Now, if you are playing at NA prime time, you are missing Korea's prime time and so you probably aren't seeing any activity at all. Node wars and Sieges only take place at predetermined times (that correlates with Korea's prime time.. 6-10 AM EST).
Claim #6: Black Desert is already dead.
I'm sorry to say, but whoever says this is an idiot. The game is far from dead. Firstly, Black Desert is in Open Beta still (or as I like to call it.. soft release). They are constantly balancing the game, adding new classes, and adding new content. Yes, it is true, the game has less players now than it had in the first week. But please, show me a game that doesn't.
Claim #7: Black Desert just have full loot drop.
No. Just no. Stop it. Please play the game before you make such insane statements.
I think I have gotten all the important claims out of the way so I'd like to quickly address: